IRP partners with Common Sense News, shares reporter

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(August 18, 2016) — The Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley and Common Sense News are partnering to produce investigative stories that focus on children, education and poverty. As part of the partnership, the two organizations have jointly hired reporter Garrett Therolf.

For the past decade, Therolf was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where he focused on stories about children and families living on the margins. He also completed assignments for The Times in Iraq, Egypt and Chile. Prior to that, he worked for the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), The Tampa Tribune, The (Allentown, Pa.) Morning Call and the Associated Press.

Therolf received The Times’ award for best explanatory reporting, the Price Child Health and Welfare Journalism Prize three times, and recognition as a Livingston Award finalist twice. He is a graduate of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

“It’s exciting because it not only improves our reporting ability but also gives us the prospect of a vast new audience,” said Lowell Bergman, director of the Investigative Reporting Program.

“As Common Sense launches the first newsroom dedicated to covering kids in America, Garrett was a clear first hire. His experience investigating issues impacting children in the LA area has shined a light on critical issues in child welfare. We’re excited to have him on the team and to partner with IRP,” said Jaime-Alexis Fowler, deputy director of Common Sense News.

The IRP is a professional newsroom and teaching institute at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. It has produced and contributed to dozens of groundbreaking stories for broadcast, print and online outlets.

Common Sense is the nation’s leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a powerful voice for kids and families in the 21st century. Millions of families, educators, and policymakers turn to Common Sense every day to access its independent ratings, unbiased research, and trusted tools and advice to help navigate a rapidly changing digital landscape at home and at school. Learn more at commonsensemedia.org.

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